Boo! Here we are in October. The leaves are turning brilliant colors, there’s a chill in the air and there’s a whole bevy of activities that seniors at Louisville’s Episcopal Church Home (ECH) retirement community will enjoy.
Residents, family members and ECH staffers, be sure to stop by the Front Desk this month to guess how many candy corns are in the jar. The closest guesser will be announced Oct. 31 and will receive a $50 gift card!
Today, we wanted to take a moment and share with you all the fun goings-on we have planned for our residents, including Dining Services’ special, themed celebrations in the run-up to National Opera Week.
Friday, Oct. 6
Bingocize. Like bingo? Like exercise? Here’s your chance to do both! Join us in Gheens Towne Hall on Tuesdays and Fridays at 10 a.m. for Bingocize!
Visiting Mayberry with Mary Ann. Join us in the Parlor this afternoon and take a journey back to a simpler place and time.
Saturday, Oct. 7
Literary salon. Come to the Green Room for our biweekly ECH Book Club, led by Dr. Mary Greenlee.
Movie night. Tonight, we’ll view a 1958 Halloween horror classic: The Blob, starring action hero extraordinaire Steve McQueen.
Sunday, Oct. 8
Worship service. We hold Sunday services every week at this hour in St. Luke’s Chapel.
Monday, Oct. 9
Creative writing group. Come to the Green Room and participate in our weekly creative writing circle. Share your poems, short fiction and memoir essays.
Movie matinee. This afternoon, in the Gheens Towne Hall, we’ll view director Ron Howard’s 1985 sci-fi classic Cocoon, starring Don Ameche and Wilford Brimley.
Tuesday, Oct. 10
11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Oktoberfest celebration. This afternoon, we’ll hold our annual Oktoberfest lunch, including warm pretzels, beer cheese and Oktoberfest beer, in Canterbury Court, followed by a musical celebration with the Rascals of Ragtyme in Gheens Towne Hall.
Be sure to say “guten Tag” to Chad Ballard, our Activities Director, in his Liederhosen outfit!
Wednesday, Oct. 11
Bingo. Join us in Gheens Towne Hall for everybody’s favorite game.
Happy hour. Come to Gheens Towne Hall for a delectable wine and cheese pairing and music by opera legends Andrea Bocelli, Luciano Pavarotti, Sarah Brightman and more!
Thursday, Oct. 12
Bookmobile visit. Come down to the Green Room and pick out a great book or two to read this autumn.
Happy hour. This afternoon, we’ll enjoy wine and cheese with Trio Louisville in the Gheens Towne Hall.
Friday, Oct. 13
It’s Friday the 13th. Don’t cross paths with a black cat or break a mirror!
Card game. Love to play bridge? Call up your partner! We’ll be playing a few hands in the Parlor this afternoon.
Happy hour. We’ll celebrate autumn with pie and apple cider in the Gheens Towne Hall this afternoon.
Saturday, Oct. 14
Bingo. We’ll play this afternoon in Gheens Towne Hall.
Movie night. Tonight’s classic film event will be a screening of the spine-tingling 1941 thriller Invisible Ghost, starring Bela Lugosi.
Monday, Oct. 16
Concert. This morning, in the Gheens Towne Hall, Jeanette Crosswait will present “Music for the Soul.”
Concert. The MacDowell Music Club will perform a harp recital this afternoon in the Gheens Towne Hall.
Cooking demonstration. Please join us in Canterbury Court as our chef demonstrates how to prepare a peach melba: a dessert dish with juicy peaches, raspberry sauce and vanilla ice cream, which in the late 1890s was concocted by French chef Auguste Escoffier at London’s Savoy Hotel, London, to honor the celebrated Australian soprano Nellie Melba.
Tuesday, Oct. 17
Exercise class. Let’s get moving, ECH! Come down to the Gheens Towne Hall this morning for Movement Class with Tim Kelty.
Movie matinee. This afternoon, we’ll watch the spellbinding 1993 comedy Hocus Pocus, starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy.
Wheel Watcher’s Club. Like to solve? Come watch Wheel of Fortune with us in the Neighborhood Living Room. We won’t even make you buy a vowel.
Wednesday, Oct. 18
Yoga class. This morning, we’ll have our Gentle Yoga class in the Gheens Towne Hall.
Cocktail hour. We’ll enjoy adult beverages and light refreshments in the Gheens Towne Hall this afternoon.
Family support group. Our monthly caregiver support group meeting will take place in the Parlor this evening.
Thursday, Oct. 19
Musical trivia. Can you name that tune? Find out this morning in the Gheens Towne Hall.
Friday, Oct. 20
Pumpkin-carving contest. The competition will be stiff this year in our annual pumpkin-carving contest! We had an incredible turnout last year and can’t wait to see all the fun and creativity this year’s participants will bring. ECH residents will judge all the entries; the three top winners will be announced at 2:30 p.m. in the Rotunda. 1st prize will be a $50 gift card, 2nd prize will be a $25 gift card, and the 3rd prize winner will receive a $15 gift card.
Concert. This afternoon, guitarist Don Watson will perform for us in the Gheens Towne Hall.
Saturday, Oct. 21
Monday, Oct. 23
Trivia. Whodunit? Who killed Mr. Body? Find out this morning in Clue trivia, in the Gheens Towne Hall.
Concert. The Kling Chamber Orchestra will perform for us this afternoon in St. Luke’s Chapel.
Tuesday, Oct. 24
Dog visit with Mercy. Need some cuddle and play time with a furry friend? Our service dog volunteer, Mercy, visits every Tuesday.
Party and concert. Come down to the Gheens Towne Hall for a birthday party with Bob Holt and the Prime Time Band!
Thursday, Oct. 26
Concert. This afternoon, in the Gheens Towne Hall, we’ll enjoy wine and cheese pairing and piano music by Clarese Fuller.
Friday, Oct. 27
Reading of Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Raven.” Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary . . . Come to the Clingman neighborhood this afternoon for a dramatic reading of that quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore.
Saturday, Oct. 28
Movie night. Our film screening this evening will be the mysterious 1989 Tom Hanks comedy, The ‘Burbs.
Sunday, Oct. 29
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Lunch buffet. This month’s Phantom of the Opera-themed lunch buffet in Canterbury Court will feature an elegant feast of autumn salad, turkey tetrazzini, pasta and broccoli. Please call 502-736-7800 to make your reservation!
Concert. Nada Loutfi will perform classical piano music for us this afternoon in the Parlor.
Monday, Oct. 30
Resident Council. Our monthly meeting will take place in the Gheens Towne Hall this afternoon. Stay informed about all ECH’s community news and developments.
Presentation. After our Resident Council meeting, stick around for a fun lecture about the “History of Daisy the Clown.”
Tuesday, Oct. 31
Happy Halloween, Episcopal Church Home family!
Halloween parade and costume contest. Each year, our residents, family members and staff members dress up in fun costumes and stage a parade through each of ECH’s neighborhoods. The parade will start in Gheens Towne Hall and the costume contest will immediately follow. Prizes awarded for best resident costume and best employee costume.